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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Smith Won't Hinder Game On Dude

Jockey Mike Smith

Mike Smith plans to keep it simple when he rides favored Game On Dude in Sunday’s Grade II San Antonio Stakes, a forerunner to the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 2, a race the classy gelding won in 2011.

“Stay out of his way,” the Hall of Fame rider smiled when asked about strategy in what is expected to be a short field.

In a more serious vein, Smith knows competing riders can alter their routines in an attempt to throw a heavy favorite off kilter in quest of an upset, especially in a small field.

“Things can happen in short fields, as we all know,” Smith said. “Everyone knows where everyone’s at. Each rider can kind of sit there and make it a sprint for home, but Game On Dude’s a naturally quick horse and has a great cruising speed.

“I’m just going to let him do his thing, and I’d do that even if it was a bigger field. We’ve just got to get away well and get him in a place where he can do what he does best, and that’s run. That’s my job, anyway. Hopefully, he does the rest.”

 

 

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Where's the competiton? Most of the horses here can't win G3 let alone an allowance race. GOD will probably canter a mere 12 length victory.

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